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Canadian Solar placing major bet on next-gen p-type multi cell technology
21 Mar 2017 at 6:16pm
In defiance of a significant trend by a growing number of leading PV manufacturers to either completely replace P-type multi c-Si cell technology with P-type mono c-Si with PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) technology, or hedge their bets and do PERC on both wafer substrates, Silicon Module Super League member Canadian Solar is placing a potentially risky bet on pushing ahead with the migration to P-type multi c-Si PERC cell technology using diamond wire saw (DWS) and ‘Black Silicon’ texturing under its ‘ONYX’ cell branding.



Sri Lanka extends residential PV loan grant relief to all consumers
23 Mar 2017 at 12:38pm
Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved an amendment proposal relating to grant relief on loan interests for residential solar PV.



Essel and GCL to start site development at Indian PV fab within two months
23 Mar 2017 at 12:06pm
A consortium between Essel Infra, an arm of Indian conglomerate Essel group, and China’s GCL Poly Energy Holdings will start initial site development of a major solar PV manufacturing plant in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh within two months.



PV Talk: SunFunder on encouraging investment and tackling currency risk in Africa
23 Mar 2017 at 10:00am
San Francisco-based SunFunder is a solar finance business with a mission to unlock capital for solar energy in emerging markets. It primarily aggregates investment capital through its beyond-the-grid and Solar Empowerment funds, thereby giving accredited investors the opportunity to invest in their on-grid and off-grid solar portfolio. Andrea Griffin, SunFunder’s vice president of global business development, stopped by PV Tech to discuss investment, currency risk and energy storage in West Africa.



ARENA commits $2.1 million in funding for residential solar in Australia
23 Mar 2017 at 3:15am
Australian solar energy software provider Solar Analytics announced Wednesday that it has received $2.1 million in grant funding from the government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support the deployment of smart monitoring for residential solar within the country.



SOLV utilises QOS Energy’s O&M software to maintain 1GW solar portfolio
23 Mar 2017 at 2:15am
Independent solar O&M service provider SOLV has commenced deployment of QOS Energy’s Qantum software to monitor and support the operations and maintenance of over 1GW of solar projects in the US.



Nippon Renewable Energy begins construction on 41MW project in Tochigi prefecture, Japan
23 Mar 2017 at 1:45am
Renewable energy utility company Nippon Renewable Energy has officially broken ground on a 41MW solar project Yaita City, Tochigi prefecture, Japan.



EDF to help develop 800MW phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
23 Mar 2017 at 1:30am
EDF Group, via its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, announced Wednesday that it has joined the Masdar-led consortium responsible for the development of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the United Arab Emirates.



Exosun partners with South African power company Lesedi for localised tracking
22 Mar 2017 at 6:45pm
French tracker specialist Exosun has partnered with Lesedi Nuclear Services, a leading South African power company to offer the most localised tracking system in the region.



Price of Chinese module imports to India dropped 8% in Q1 2017
22 Mar 2017 at 1:45pm
The price of Chinese module imports to India has dropped 8% over the last quarter and 29% year-on-year, according to new price indices calculated by consultancy firm Bridge to India.



NEXTracker’s ‘NX Fusion Plus’ system extends PV plant energy output and duration
22 Mar 2017 at 1:40pm
NEXTracker, a Flex company, has launched a solar plus energy-storage solution for US and international markets. ‘NX Fusion Plus’ integrates the latest, in solar tracker design, battery, inverter, and software to deliver better return on investment to owners of solar power plants.



Maine fights to preserve net metering
22 Mar 2017 at 1:39pm
Lawmakers and solar supporters in Maine have united to fight a widely criticised decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to phase out retail net metering by 2018.




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Thermal Energy Storage market to grow at a CAGR of 11.0% from 2017 to 2022
23 Mar 2017 at 10:46am
According to a new analysis by ReportBuyer the thermal energy storage market is projected to reach USD 6.2 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 11.0% from 2017 to 2022. Rising momentum of renewable energy generation (concentrated solar power), increasing demand for Thermal Energy Storage (TES) in HVAC for district heating & cooling, and process heating & cooling are expected to drive the TES market.

Global photovoltaic system market to grow with a CAGR of 18.7% by 2022
23 Mar 2017 at 9:30am
Research and Markets has published a new report which anticipates the global photovoltaic system market to grow with a CAGR of 18.7% during 2016-2022. According to “Global Photovoltaic System Market Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2017 – 2023”, the key drivers of the market are the rapidly increasing electricity consumption globally, an increasing adoption and usage in various sectors, supportive government initiatives and environmental policies.

JinkoSolar partners with GRID Alternatives to extend solar and jobs to underserved communities
22 Mar 2017 at 1:44pm
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on March 22, 2017 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. activated a partnership with GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer. JinkoSolar will donate over 620 kW of high-efficiency solar modules to support GRID Alternatives' work bringing solar power and job training to low-income communities across the country.

SOLV deploys QOS Energy’s O&M management platform to improve performance across 1 GW solar portfolio
22 Mar 2017 at 9:36am
SOLV (San Francisco, CA, U.S.), an independent solar O&M service provider and a division of EPC contractor Swinerton Renewable Energy, has begun deployment of QOS Energy’s Qantum software to monitor and support the operations and maintenance of more than 1 GW of solar PV plants in the U.S.. Qantum is a cloud-based analytics platform that allows SOLV to harness the power of the data generated by the multiple PV installations they manage on behalf of renewable energy project owners.

ees Europe Conference discusses the market for domestic, commercial and large-scale energy storage systems
22 Mar 2017 at 9:19am
The energy storage industry is evolving: ees Europe, the continent's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, is setting a new exhibitor record, an achievement which is also being felt at the accompanying ees Europe Conference in Munich, Germany. From May 30–31, 2017 the Conference will offer an extensive presentation program and serve as a presentation and discussion platform alongside the exhibition for the third year running.

Kalyon Enerji and Hanwha Q CELLS awarded 1 GW solar PV project in Turkey
21 Mar 2017 at 10:57am
A joint venture formed by Kalyon Enerji (Istanbul, Turkey) and Hanwha Q CELLS (Seoul, South Korea) on March 20th,2017 won the tender to build a 1.000 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Karapınar region in Turkey with the bid of USD 0.07 cent per kWh of solar power, the International Solar Energy Society’s Turkey Division (GUNDER) reports.

Phoenix Solar regains full control over Asia/Pacific operations from minority shareholders in Singapore
21 Mar 2017 at 10:50am
Phoenix Solar AG (Sulzemoos, Germany) has acquired the outstanding minority shares in its Singapore based subsidiary Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd., the company announced on March 21st, 2017. They were held by a group of former directors of this enterprise. After the transaction Phoenix Solar AG will own 100 per cent of the company. The parties agreed not to disclose further details.

200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park inaugurated
21 Mar 2017 at 10:24am
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on March 20, 2017 has inaugurated the 200 megawatt second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The project reflects a new era in the excellence and leadership of the UAE, as it increases the share of clean and renewable energy, ME NewsWire reports.

Dominion announces two large-scale solar PV projects in South Carolina
21 Mar 2017 at 10:23am
Dominion (Richmond, Va., U.S.) on March 20, 2017 announced that it plans to construct, own and operate 81 megawatts of solar generating capacity in Jasper County, S.C. Two projects – a 71.4-megawatt facility that would be South Carolina's largest and a 10-megawatt array – are expected to enter service in 2017.

Meyer Burger announces further contract for MB PERC solar cell upgrade technology
20 Mar 2017 at 2:35pm
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (Thun, Switzerland) on March 2oth, 2017 announced the conclusion of a further contract with an existing Asian customer for MB PERC on the MAiA 2.1 technology platform.


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